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Scanning for secrets

January 25th, 2019

two women look into the cylindrical chamber of a CT Scanning machine at a wooden sclpture.
Lisa Ellis, AGO Conservator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and Nancy Padfield, Lead Technologist in CT scans at SickKids, line up the statue in the CT machine © Art Gallery of Ontario

It was just a regular day in November when the AGO’s Lisa Ellis, Conservator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, along with Conservation Intern Julia Campbell-Such, had the not-so-regular task of carefully packing up a 300-year-old sculpture and taking it down the street to the SickKids for a CT scan.

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Thought you knew the Impressionists?

January 25th, 2019

Vincent van Gogh. Factories at Clichy, 1887. Oil on canvas, Overall: 53.7 × 72.7 cm; Framed: 81.3 × 101.3 cm. St. Louis Art Museum, Funds given by Mrs. Mark C. Steinberg by exchange value. Image courtesy Saint Louis Art Museum.

Paris in the time of the Impressionists was a city under construction. New technologies were dramatically changing daily life, affecting everything from housing to transit and even leisure. Sound familiar? Maybe you’re thinking of the rapidly changing skyline in our very own city, or the TTC news that makes headlines almost every day. Opening on February 16, Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more features more than a few images of France in the 1800s that Torontonians can relate to.

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The Feast: Dinner for 100

January 21st, 2019

a woman sits on a bed wearing a robe, and surrounded by pillows
How Long Does It Take To Heal, Oil on Canvas, 2017, work by artist Shantel Miller, member of Black Wimmin Artist.

Taking place this Friday, The Feast will welcome 100 Black Wimmin to dine in the heart of the AGO. Organized by the collective called Black Wimmin Artist – a virtual community of Black women and gender non-conforming artists and art-workers – The Feast is described as a performative action designed to promote visibility and exchange.  

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Mickalene Thomas’s masterpiece

January 21st, 2019

Mickalene Thomas, Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les trois femmes noires, 2010. Rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel, 304.8 x 731.5 cm. The Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann Collection © Mickalene Thomas / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Have you seen our exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires? Trust us, you don’t want to miss it. This incredible exhibition, which takes up all of Level 5 in the Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art, is filled with vibrant, multi-dimensional collage paintings, compelling video installations, photography and several interactive living room tableaux.

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From #AGO1st to last

January 21st, 2019

Image by the AGO.

Time flies when you’re having fun. It may be hard to believe, but Toronto’s biggest art party, AGO First Thursdays, launched over six years ago! In fact, you might have even been there. But as they say, all good things must come to an end. On February 7, after 63 parties, 800 artists and 130,000 party-goers, this chapter in AGO history is drawing to a close to make way for something new – and you’re invited to celebrate and dance the night away with us!

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Readers rejoice! Author talks at the AGO

January 14th, 2019

A composite image of headshots including Donna Bailey Nurse, Esi Edugyan, Angie Thomas, M. NourbeSe Philiip
Top: Donna Bailey Nurse, L-R: Esi Edugyan, Angie Thomas, M. NourbeSe Philiip

Compelling characters, confident craftsmanship and deep meaning: these are the qualities literary critic and columnist for CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter Donna Bailey Nurse looks for in a really good book. And as part of our winter season of programs centring the perspectives and experiences of Black women artists, she’ll host a series of talks with Black female authors who are making waves on the literary scene.

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